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NHS Supply Chain CIPS award recognises procurement expertise

Tuesday 13 November 2012

NHS Supply Chain received certification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) today in recognition of the business’ delivery of globally recognised procurement standards.

NHS Supply Chain is one of the first NHS procurement organisations to achieve CIPS certification – providing a level of assurance to NHS trusts of the quality of its procurement processes.

“We are delighted to have been awarded certification following our assessment by CIPS” says Joanna Timmerman, Managing Director, Procurement at NHS Supply Chain. “This is the first step on our journey of continuous improvement to becoming a world-class procurement partner for our customers across the NHS.

“As a business, we are constantly evolving to excel in purchasing performance for the benefit of the NHS. A key element of this is being responsive to NHS customers and suppliers.  Our partnership with CIPS is key to developing further this powerful agenda.”

CIPS certification formally recognises the effective procurement processes, strategies, policies and procedures already embedded across NHS Supply Chain.  The business is continuing to invest resource and support to build on the existing expertise within the procurement team and improve the service provided to the NHS.

Duncan Brock, Customer Relationship Director at CIPS said ”NHS Supply Chain joins an elite group of companies around the world who have successful completed this challenging award. CIPS certification shows that an organisation’s people, processes and procedures are of the best standard and have reached a level of excellence.

“We look forward to working with the team in the future and offer our congratulations again.”


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Notes to editors

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 600,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1* per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately. (*source: NHS Supply Chain 2009 value proposition study with Southampton NHS trust)

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • theatres
  • dental
  • audiology
  • catering, including food
  • infection control
  • orthopaedics
  • rehabilitation
  • capital equipment, including finance and maintenance.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in ten locations.

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